National Council for Human Rights issues its first statement on election

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 - 02:32 GMT

Mohamed Fayeq, head of the National Council for Human Rights_ File Photo

Mohamed Fayeq, head of the National Council for Human Rights_ File Photo

CAIRO – 26 March 2018: The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) is monitoring the first day of the 2018 presidential election through its operations room, according to a statement released by the council.

In the statement, the council added that it follows up the election process through a central room, in addition to other operation rooms, across the governorates. It also sent civil missions, which include members of the NCHR and the General Secretariat in Great Cairo, in order to follow the election. This is conducted in accordance with the permit granted by the National Election Authority (NEA), which has permitted the NCHR to visit some governorates in the Upper and Lower Egypt.

The NCHR has said that the NEA supervises the election process across 27 governorates, 367 plenary committees and 13,706 subcommittees. The election is being followed by 62 national and international organizations with a permit from the National Election Authority.

The NCHR has stated that the central room receives any complaints during the presidential election through various communication networks, and it receives observations related to field monitoring from council missions and civil society organizations.

The council further noted that the complaints received, along with any observations, will be sent directly to the National Election Authority, and that it would issue a daily report on the election process.

The council stressed the importance for voters and relevant council entities to continuously communicate with the NCHR through its operation rooms and other available communication means.

The following numbers can be used to contact the National Council for Human Rights:
010-300-882-15/010-285-748-82/010-240-892-97
023-335-328-4/023-762-439-8 / 023-762-483-1/023-762-104-0
Fax: 023-762-485-9/023-335-330-9/023-762-105-0

A number of international organizations will participate in observing the presidential election nationwide. These organizations include the Arab League, African Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and COMESA-CENSAD.

The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2. If there is a need to hold a run-off round, Egyptian expats will cast their votes again on April 19 to April 21. The final results of the 2018 presidential election are expected to be announced on May 1, if there is a run-off vote.

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